The world is just not designed for wandering nomads.
From 1-2 year phone contracts to yearly gym memberships, it’s hard to find anything tailored to the wandering traveler types who are constantly on the move.
With the constant moving and upheaval of your life every few days or weeks, it can be extremely hard to stick to a routine. And if you’re a digital nomad working online while traveling, it can be difficult enough to find time to work on your projects, never-mind exercise.
So what can you do? We’re travelers; we improvise on what we’ve got and find ways to make the system work for us.
So here are my 3 tips to help you keep in shape while traveling the world. All you need now is the motivation to get exercising!
Fit Tip 1: Stay In Accommodation With A Gym
This is one of the best reasons to embrace the life of slow-travel. When you move from place to place every few days you don’t have the luxury of renting an apartment for a few weeks or months.
One of the easiest ways to stay fit while traveling, without committing to a gym membership, is to rent a place with an in-house gym.
I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘yikes, I couldn’t afford that while traveling!’. However, unknown to a lot of people, having the luxury of a gym in your apartment building is not that expensive in many parts of the world, by Western definition of the term ‘expensive’.
In fact, right now I’m writing this article from my rented apartment in Santiago (a very expensive city compared to other major cities in Latin America), but we have a small gym, rooftop pool, sauna, jacuzzi and 24 hour reception in our building. Not bad huh? And the price? Just under $1,200 USD for two bedrooms between three people, including all bills (and 40MB broadband!). I’m just guessing, but I’ll assume that $400 (~300 EUR) per person per month for an apartment in a great location with all of the above mentioned facilities is a lot cheaper than what you are currently paying in the USA, Europe, Australia or New Zealand?
Fit Tip 2: Make The Most of Local Parks/Hills
If you’re traveling through a city, it will most likely have a local park where you can do some exercise, or a famous spot where all the local runners jog. Running through a city is also a fantastic way to get to know the area, and you can enjoy the freedom of exploring the city for the first time without a bag, camera or backpack weighing you down. And if you discover an area that you’d like to come back to later with your camera, you already know where it is.
Check Facebook for local running/exercise groups or search for outdoor fitness classes which are often organized in various cities. Also ask local expats for tips on the best places to go running in a new city, and make new running buddies at the same time!
Fit Tip 3: Budget Exercise FTW!
Budget exercise? ‘What’s that?’, I hear you ask. Just like our ‘budget learning to surf’ adventure in Sayulita, we have been known to take ‘budget exercise’ route. Being the cheap-o budget travelers that we are, we can’t resist the opportunity to do something that most normal people pay for, for free.
So once again we took to Youtube to try out some online fitness routines! Youtube is full of amazing exercises and classes, so if you’ve got the space, and are willing to look like a bit of a weirdo jumping around your hotel/hostel room, or even weirder, out in public somewhere, then go for it! If it keeps you fit and healthy, and with some loose change in your pocket, then why not!